The eighth-grade boys make a lot of noise as they arrive at the Drimia Winery in Susya, a Jewish settlement in the southern Israeli-occupied West Bank. Students at a nearby religious boys school, they wear skullcaps on their heads and religious fringes under their shirts. They’ve been divided into groups of four, and the team […]
Ultra-Orthodox Jews tend to live apart. Even in Israel, they have their own schools, their own politicians, their own restaurants, their own butchers. And now, they have their own wine. Yossi Izakovitch is producing a fine wine specially for ultra-Orthodox Jews, or haredim, as they are known in Israel. Izakovitch, a father of four, opened […]
During the day, Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, Israel, is an open-air fruit and vegetable market. But at night, it transforms into one of Israel’s hippest spots for nightlife. And recently, a centerpiece of that nightlife has been craft beer. The market boasts dozens of bars and restaurants that offer Israeli craft beers.
Kosher wine has been gaining popularity among mainstream consumers recently, but the laws are detailed, and often complicated. Contrary to popular belief, kosher wine is not blessed by a rabbi; instead, once the grapes are pressed, only Sabbath-observant Jews can touch the wine. If a non-Jew or even a non-Orthodox Jew touches the wine, the entire vat […]